Countering fears of terrorism

Policing and community relations

Authored by: Basia Spalek , Tracey Davanna

The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138120334
eBook ISBN: 9781315651781
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This chapter looks at some of the approaches developed by governments in relation to countering fears concerning terrorism. In particular, counter-terrorism initiatives involving police and communities are examined because there has been significant policy and practice development here. This chapter stresses that counter-terrorism done badly can increase rather than reduce fears concerning terrorism. For example, in the U.K. the Prevent strand of the government’s counter-terrorism policy has been criticized for focusing too much upon Muslims. As a result, Muslim communities have criticized government counter-terrorism policy for generating fear within Muslim communities that they are under surveillance. This chapter also examines the problematic nature of utilizing communities in counter-terrorism given that the concept ‘communities’ might give rise to an inaccurate image of inclusivity.

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